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See Why Turkey Changed Its Name

The President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has decided to officially change the country’s name.

Gatekeepers News reports the country name is now Türkiye.

The country is dropping the long-standing anglicised version that was often confused with the famous Thanksgiving animal.

“The word Türkiye represents and expresses the culture, civilisation, and values of the Turkish nation in the best way,” Erdoğan said.

International organisations like the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and NATO have already adopted Türkiye (roughly pronounced as “tur-key-yay”), following a formal request from the Turkish authorities.

Türkiye is not the first country to change its name.

Iran, Thailand, Sri Lanka and North Macedonia are among those who at one point made the switch.

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